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Upton Applauds Creation of New Commission to Battle Opioid Addiction

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Washington, March 29, 2017 | Lynn Turner/Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761/269-385-0039) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today applauded the creation of a special commission aimed at battling the ongoing opioid addiction epidemic.

“Fighting this tragic opioid epidemic is personal to families in Southwest Michigan and across the country. We need to help those caught in the web of this unforgiving addiction through improving treatment, reforming prescribing practices, and working with our law enforcement. Last Congress, we were able to usher the 21st Century Cures Act into law, which provided $1 billion for drug treatment. I look forward to engaging with President Trump, the Commission, and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle here in Congress as we continue working together to end this scourge.”

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 33,000 people died from opioids in 2015 including nearly 2,000 in Michigan alone.

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